German MEP Holger Krahmer brought the Europe-wide FuturEnergia school programme and its competitions to a close by hosting the awards ceremony at the European Commission in Brussels, on 17 September 2008. Commissioner Figel’, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, the patron of the programme, was represented by John Macdonald, his cabinet spokesman.
The Energy is our Future (FuturEnergia) school programme 2007-2008 consisted of a set of online activities and competitions that focused on three main areas: energy efficiency, climate protection and resource efficiency.
The jury gave awards to 17 teams of students who had taken part in three competitions: Profile the FuturEnergia Hero, The Adventures of the FuturEnergia Hero and Wanna be a Hero. The winners represented schools from ten countries: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
The winners of the first two competitions, eleven teams of junior students, got their prizes by post. The prizes consisted of FuturEnergia trophies and comic books that integrated the winning entries. The winners of the “Wanna be a Hero” competition and their coordinating teachers were invited to Brussels to attend the awards ceremony that took place at the European Commission, in Brussels, on 17 September 2008.
In addition to the staff of PlasticsEurope and European Schoolnet, a number of key MEPs and European Commission officials attended the ceremony.
Referring to the future of education in Europe and challenges that the EU Member States face nowadays, Mr. Macdonald pointed out: Europe will be able to offer its young people the best conditions at the start of their lives, so that they can grow up to take a full part in the society of the future, to flourish in the challenges that the next decades will bring.
When handing over the awards, MEP Krahmer said: I am impressed with the creativity European students showed when asked to solve energy challenges. If everyone were this alert to energy issues, fewer resources would be wasted on energy.
Marc Durando, the European Schoolnet Executive Director, mentioned in his speech the quality of the competition entries, by saying: The school programme activities are impressive, but more impressive - and certainly more important - are the individual contributions of each of the participants.
The programme is open to students 10 to 20 years of age across 34 European countries. Up to now the project has reached several million students through an interactive website that includes Web-based activities.
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